November 24 2010

Antlered doe-bucks could be bro-sters

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

‘It didn’t have the [male parts] but it had the other parts’ by Beth Altena The huge rack on the deer Jerry White shot in Cedar Springs on Monday, Nov. 15, opening day of firearm season for whitetail deer in Michigan, was the most impressive White had bagged. The deer was large for a buck, too, but when White rolled the deer over to field dress it, he noticed something was missing. The deer was a rare antlered doe with female anatomy and the huge, 10-point rack was still in full, heavy velvet. “It didn’t have parts it’s supposed to have. It’s very unique,” said White. He shot the deer from about 100 yards out. He had noticed the big animal during bow season and had told his wife about it. White, of Allendale, took the deer on property near the intersection of 18 Mile Road and Harvard Avenue. Charles “Chuck” Navitskas, was also hunting in Cedar Springs on opening day. His son shot a doe, which started to run, and while it crashed by an antlered deer also ran, giving Navitskas just a moment to take his shot. His deer fell immediately, and when father and son went to field dress their pair of animals, Navitskas’ son noticed something odd about the six-point his dad had taken. “It didn’t have the [male parts] but it had the other parts,” Navitskas stated. His deer was not a true antlered doe, but was a deer which was neither fully male nor female, a genetic anomaly. His deer was also in velvet, the soft covering over the antlers which males normally have rubbed off prior to the start of hunting season. Navitskas shot his strange deer between Keller and Tisdale avenues off 18 Mile Road. Both animals were taken to Barb’s Deer Processing in Rockford, where owner Barb Haveman was very surprised, first by the antlered doe, and then doubly by the second genetically unusual deer. “These are the first I’ve seen and I’ve been doing this over 50 years,” Haveman said of the two animals. Haveman stated she has been processing over 50 deer a day at her facility, where 10 people, including her daughter, are hard at work. She calls this year a good season, […]

ELE fundraiser a celebration of life

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA The day after the holiday where families come together to give thanks will be one where friends, family and the public are asked to gather in a celebration of life and love. The Everybody Love Everybody Stephen May Fundraiser will be held at the Assumption Catholic Church Family Life Center, 6369 Belmont Avenue, on Friday, Nov. 26 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The evening of live entertainment, raffles, a live and silent auction, food, cash bar and evening of activities is in honor of Stephen May, who lost his life this year, but is also in celebration of all he and other young people bring to life. The cost to attend is just $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will include the chance to take home some incredible prizes donated for the auctions. Proceeds go toward a scholarship fund, which will annually be given to a Rockford High School senior who personifies the “Everyone Love Everyone” (ELE) motto that Stephen May was quick to quote.  “This isn’t just for Stephen, it’s for all of them. It’s about life, it’s about loving each other” said organizer Dixie Newell. Newell said organizers and helpers for the scholarship don’t want people to think Stephen was more important or better than the other young people the Rockford community has lost. “They are all families suffering a terrible loss and absolutely their child is just as important,” she stated. According to Newell, the efforts are more about celebrating the wonderful qualities each young person brings to the world. In Stephen’s case, the memory of him as a peacemaker and his adoption of the phrase, “Everybody Love Everybody,” is just one facet of keeping alive the memory of those we have lost. Newell said it has been heartwarming to see the community respond to efforts toward the scholarship fund and as a way to help the family during this hard time. A freethrow contest held at the high school raised over $500, a Zumba fundraiser earned the fund another $200, and an event at Timbers Inn added $300. The business community, the public and classmates have been overwhelmingly supportive in donations, participation and acts of kindness, Newell and other organizers have reported. Herman’s Boy stepped up […]

Holiday season begins with music, lights, words of peace

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA  Hundreds of people waited on the banks of the Rogue River to hear the Rockford High School brass ensemble and choir and words of peace from local leaders as the City of Rockford officially began the holiday season the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 17. The City/Chamber of Commerce event began with an introduction by Chamber Executive Director Brenda Davis, who said the event was the sixth annual. It appeared from the number of participants that this may well be the most well-attended lighting ceremony to date. Outgoing State Representative Tom Pearce spoke about his experiences as a young man on a Souix Indian reservation and then urged the crowd, “If there is someone you are not getting along with, make a truce with them.” He urged the crowd to “make sure this holiday season you are wrapped up in other people, not wrapped up in things that don’t matter.” Mayor Steve Jazwiec shared his inspiration for the holidays, the true story of WWI foes who, for a few hours on Christmas eve, made a truce themselves and stopped fighting to share a time of peace in honor of the holy day. Senator Mark Jansen urged people to start at home in bringing peace to the world and complimented the town for being good stewards of the assets Rockford is blessed to enjoy—our students who stood by to sing and play in honor of the holiday, the beautiful downtown and the river and trail which brings so much to the community. The words of peace were followed by the music of the brass ensemble and choir—hauntingly beautiful and the most moving portion of the ceremony—and the dimming of the lights until the countdown to the town’s holiday lights coming on for the season. The evening ceremony ended with a playful rendition—repeated a few times for fun and to the delight of youngsters and adults—of the “reindeer song” with participation of the crowd encouraged. After the lighting ceremony, a lively downtown night of shopping was held, with promotions, treats and giveaways in the stores and shops. The downtown Rockford Holiday Open Houses is an annual event that lasts two evenings. However, many holiday specials can be found throughout downtown right on through the season, […]

Chamber to host ‘state of the community’ luncheon

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

  The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the “State of the Community” as its December installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes Street. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their community. Those attending can enjoy a lunch, network with other community leaders, and listen to presenters highlight their area of expertise, which includes: • State of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Tom Pearce, 73rd District • State of the County: Roger Morgan, Chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners • State of the City of Rockford: Michael Young, City Manager • State of the Rockford Public Schools: Dr. Michael Shibler, Superintendent RPS • State of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Carl Stites, President The RCC is also working with the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Vern Ehlers, Senator Mark Jansen, and the local townships to give a comprehensive written overview of their areas to keep you up-to-date with issues that affect the community. Information will be compiled into an informational packet that will be distributed at the luncheon. This special installment of the Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series is one you do not want to miss. To attend this timely presentation, please take advantage of the Chamber’s new website event registration at, click on “News & Events—Event Sign Up—December Bi-Monthly Luncheon” to register online. Or, as always, you may call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged.    

The Rockford Squire presents Carrier of the Week

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Here at the Squire, we are thrilled to continue offering what is the first job of their lives for boys and girls in downtown Rockford. Every place you see a postal carrier on foot doing deliveries, the Squire delivers with a young man or woman who brings your paper to your door. It is one of the best traditions of a hometown paper and we are proud to be part of the growing-up process for these responsible youngsters. Introducing the first of our newspaper carriers, we bring you Carson Klima, who has been delivering The Rockford Squire—without any complaints from his customers—for three years. Carson is 11 years old and a student at North Rockford Middle School (NRMS), where he is enjoying his first year at the school. His birthday is March 22 and his favorite class is math. “It is challenging but not hard to make it not fun,” Carson said. “I’m trying to make the Principal’s Honor Roll.” Carson would like to be a teacher when he grows up. He explained why. “It sounds like fun, plus my grandmother and dad were teachers.” His father is currently a teacher with Rockford Public Schools. Carson said he wanted to be a Squire paper delivery boy because, “I love money a lot and have earned over a thousand dollars so far.”

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